I seldom encounter “.tar” files when working on my Windows machines, however, they do appear on occasion. I’m currently working on a project to integrate EDI with our ERP system using Python and decided to download the Bots open source EDI translator.
I’m reluctant to download file formats that I’m especially not accustomed to seeing for Windows. The filename for the Bots download is “Bots-3.2.0.tar.gz” and I was immediately concerned as to how this file could be opened.
Fortunately, I found Unpacker by jujuba Software on the Windows App Store and unpacking the “.tar.gz” file was quick and easy. The Unpacker app is capable of working with over 50 file extensions including the more popular “.7z”, “.rar”, and “.zip” formats.
Unpacker is available free of charge from the Windows App Store. A small fee ($2.95) is required if you wish to remove or prevent ads from appearing while the application is running.
If you don’t already have an app that’s capable of opening the more uncommon file formats, you may want to consider using Unpacker.
If you’re interested in learning more about Bots please see the web site for information: http://bots.sourceforge.net
Most documentation is on the wiki: http://code.google.com/p/bots/wiki/StartIntroduction
Bots is licenced under GNU GENERAL PUBLIC LICENSE Version 3; for full text visit http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/gpl.html
Bots runs under Python 2.x and also requires Django, Cherrypy, and WSGI Server (version 1.3) among other packages to run your web application. Be sure to read the Bots documentation noted above. I’m running the latest version of Python 2.7.13 and Django 1.11.3.
Bots commercial support by EbberConsult, http://www.ebbersconsult.com
This is certainly one application that demonstrates the power of Python and the continuing community support through open source and freely available packages.
Until Next Time – Keep the “C” in Coding
Related Articles / Books / Websites:
- Website: Bots open source EDI translator (SourceForge)
- Website: Bots open source EDI translator (Documentation)
- Website: Jujuba Software
- Website: Django Project
- Website: Web Server Gateway Interface (Wikipedia)